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Routes in The First Corridor

... S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Acme Top Rope Wall S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Before The Storm T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Betty Does Brownsville S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bilbo Surfs Galveston S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Booty Route, The S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Brand X Top Rope Wall TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Cascadia S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hook 'em Horns S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed up the water spout) S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Leather & Lace S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Middle Earth S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pain at the Pump S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Pick A Pocket T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pocket Change S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Rise and Shine S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sophie's Choice S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Spider's Line S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Unknown S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Description

The First Corridor is the narrow shady gap formed by the two huge conglomerate domes, the Elephant's Head and the Hatchery, nearest to the parking area. The First Corridor can be accessed from either end, north or south, but the most straight forward is by walking around the south end of the Elephant's Head (aka the Chicken/Hyperion Slab) and following the trail as it winds to the right (north) and walk uphill between the The Egg (on the left) and the Elephant's Head (the huge formation on the right). There are climbs on both the west and east walls of the First Corridor. Many easy and moderate sport climbs ranging in difficulty from 5.5 - 5.10b/c ascend the lower angled east (right) wall of the First Corridor, with several two pitch routes, while routes on the west wall range from 5.9 - 5.11.

Getting There

From the parking area, walk up the road past the locked white gate. Continue up the road for     ~ 200 yds. until the crag comes into sight and take the dirt track, on the right, that diagonals down toward the crag with the caves on its east face (Elephant's Head/Hyperion Slab). Follow the dirt track down the hill and skirt the south end of the large slab (Hyperion Slab) and continue until the trail winds to the north (right) and up the hill into the First Corridor.
To approach the First Corridor from the north end, follow the fire road from the parking area down the hill until nearly to the caves on the east face of the Elephant's Head. Take the path toward the caves and go right, and down the hill, skirting the right shoulder of the formation. Continue ~ 50 yds along the base of the north side of the Elephant's Head (this is the Pangea Wall) until the First Corridor appears, on the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The First Corridor

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
Cascadia
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
Pick A Pocket
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Middle Earth
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Sophie's Choice
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Betty Does Brownsville
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 35
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed up the wat…
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 9
Leather & Lace
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 29
Before The Storm
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Bilbo Surfs Galveston
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Hook 'em Horns
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
Rise and Shine
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
The Booty Route
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Pocket Change
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Pain at the Pump
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cascadia
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pick A Pocket
 16
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Middle Earth
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Sophie's Choice
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Betty Does Brownsville
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed…
 35
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Leather & Lace
 9
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Before The Storm
 29
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Bilbo Surfs Galveston
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Hook 'em Horns
 9
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rise and Shine
 11
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Booty Route
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pocket Change
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pain at the Pump
 4
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Climbed the next route to the right of Booty Route, felt like mid to upper 10 (c/d maybe?). Crux was definitely easier than booty route's, anybody got any actual info on this climb? Just curious what I am climbing. You can put it on TR if you rap to its anchors from the anchors to booty route.
Also curious what the next few routes immediately to the right are, looked at them but didn't end up getting on any. Any info? Apr 29, 2013
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Jeff.....the route in question, to the immediate right of the Booty Route, is "Rise and Shine" (5.10C). Jan 9, 2014

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